The Van-Dell's are entertainment at its finest. As the nation's #1 50's and 60's rock and roll tribute show, they have been entertaining audiences for 41 years with their unique blend of comedy, choreography, and tight harmonies. As a full production show, the Van-Dells are backed by a five piece band and fronted by three lead singers. Mark Barnett, Stacy "Duke" Todd and Steve "Moose" Ricks take on original personas and deliver out of this world vocal performances all while keeping the audience engaged and laughing throughout their fast paced and upbeat show. The Van-Dells have been called "The 3 Stooges set to music" with a fun show that's good for the whole family. The Van-Dells continue growing their loyal fan base by traveling the nation and playing all of your favorite hits from one of the best era's in American music. From DooWop classics, to Elvis and everything in between there's something for everyone to enjoy.
There are three main characters in the show are Duke, Mark and Moose. Each one is a lead singer and each brings a different dimension to the show. The Van-Dells begin their show representing the last graduating class of Van-Dell High School that closed down in 1958.
Stacy P. Todd, better known as Duke, is the no nonsense tough guy. Duke never smiles and is the brunt of most of the jokes. He keeps the band in line so that things don't get out of hand and the show can continue. He is happy as long as the show runs smooth. Duke got his name from doing The Duke Of Earl. Duke is an original member that began in 1974. He has been with The Van-Dells for 41 years.
Mark Barnett is the comedian and the nerd of the group . He gives Duke a hard time throughout the comedy portion of the show. His goal is to make Duke smile. He ad libs every night to accomplish his goal. Mark specialty number is a Roy Orbison Medley. Mark joined in 1980. He traveled with "The Vogues" for several years before becoming a Van-Dell. This year Mark celebrates his 35th year.
We are pleased to welcome back Steve "Moose" Ricks to the group. Steve is an original member of The Van-Dells. He is returning to reprise his role as the loveable, educationally-challenged jock. He and Mark gang up on Duke with their antics and special brand of comedy. In the second half of the show, "Moose" transforms into Steve and delivers a must see Elvis.
The Van-Dells are a Tribute to The 50's and 60's. The show begins in the 50's. Dressed in letter sweaters, The Van-Dells hit the stage running with songs like At The Hop and Morse Code of Love, along with Doo Wop favorites and never slow down. The non-stop show continues with "Glitter and Gold" that made the 1960's famous. The audience will be taken on a nostalgic trip through time reliving the magical era.
Depending on the show, one or more of the "special guest stars" will appear.
Duke Of Earl • Roy Orbison • Beach Boys • Neil Diamond • Elvis • Everly Brothers • Ray Charles • The Mills Brothers • and more.